\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an upper room or floor : attic
2a : a gallery in a church or hall
b : one of the upper floors of a warehouse or business building especially when not partitioned living in a converted loft
c : hayloft
3a : the backward slant of the face of a golf-club head
b : the act of lofting
4 : the thickness of a fabric or insulating material (such as goose down)


lofted; lofting; lofts

Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place, house, or store in a loft
2 : to propel through the air or into space lofted a long hit to center instruments lofted by a powerful rocket
3 : to lay out a full-sized working drawing of the lines and contours of (such as a ship's hull)

intransitive verb

1 : to propel a ball high into the air
2 : to rise high

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loftlike \ ˈlȯft-​ˌlīk How to pronounce loftlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for loft

Synonyms: Noun

attic, cockloft, garret

Synonyms: Verb

cast, catapult, chuck, dash, fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, lob, peg, pelt, pitch, sling, throw, toss

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Examples of loft in a Sentence


The kids' bedroom has a loft. He rents a converted loft.


He lofted a home run into the stands. The explosion lofted dust high into the air.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

His big ask: a second-story loft that doubles as a trading room and overlooks the family room and kitchen. WSJ, "Over 250,000 Votes Later, Hawaii Villa Emerges as the House of the Year," 24 Jan. 2019 All the models feature full-length windows to provide natural light The Duo 100, for example, is on the smaller size at about 613 square feet, with one bedroom and one bathroom on the main level and a sleeping loft up above. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 2019 Being in this big communal loft living space and so many people around and also with that thing that happened with Mariana, [their relationship] is definitely put into a secret for a bit and then eventually could grow. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Good Trouble"'s Cierra Ramirez and Tommy Martinez Get Real About Working With Noah Centineo, Bisexual Representation, and What’s Next for The “Fosters” Spin-Off," 10 Jan. 2019 Opposite that a cutaway ceiling and spiral stairs lead to the third-floor loft. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Modern addition gives this 90-year-old Birmingham home a dramatic flair," 29 June 2018 The 824 North Calvert lofts are located in an old garage converted into apartments by Zahlco, a boutique Baltimore developer. Meredith Cohn,, "Smaller apartment building conversions filling gaps in Baltimore," 14 May 2018 But this minuscule village now contains more than two dozen restored guesthouses—many listed on Airbnb—and in high summer, visitors often throng the rickety wooden lofts of its 13th-century church. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 Just outside the building, renters in each of the 24 lofts have their own garden and the rooftop has space for planting as well. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Trailhead Event Space features sustainable design, proximity to downtown Akron, Towpath Trail," 2 May 2018 On page after sepia page, Lepp illuminates war, romance, memory, free will and heartfelt loyalty in the loft of a barn or the ominous shadow of a farmhouse. Steve Duin,, "Steve Duin: The heartfelt 'Soul in the Machine'," 1 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Further Reading Singed and sooty, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket still looked brilliant Monday On Tuesday, the flurry of activity continued when an Ariane 5 rocket lofted two large satellites to geostationary transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX launches 2.5 tons of cargo to the ISS, but … [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2018 Conroe was an out away from packing their bags for Louisiana when Landon Ortiz lofted a fly ball to the centerfielder. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto Gold all-stars’ day begins with triple play, ends with elimination after 9-8 loss," 24 June 2018 But three batters later, when Matt Chapman lofted his own fly ball to deep center field with two runners on base, Orlando came up empty. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Athletics rally in sixth to beat Royals, Jason Hammel for fifth straight loss," 7 June 2018 Ryan lofted a high throw, trying to allow Jones a chance for a miracle play. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Eagles, Falcons may find their seasons defined by same play," 14 Jan. 2018 Advances in power systems, propulsion, and communications could enable the creation of highly capable spacecraft that don't need massive rockets to loft them. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Rocket Lab Chooses Wallops Island, Virginia as American Launch Site," 17 Oct. 2018 Tiangong-1 was lofted in late September 2011, to help test the docking and rendezvous technologies required to build a bona fide space station, which China aims to do by the mid-2020s. Leonard David,, "China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab Expected to Fall to Earth Over Easter Weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 Tomorrow’s rocket will be taking off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, lofting a communications satellite, Telstar 19 VANTAGE, into a high orbit for Canadian company Telesat. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Starting this weekend, SpaceX is about to land a whole lot more rockets," 21 July 2018 Update: At the top of its launch window, the Falcon 9 rocket took off early Sunday at 1:50am ET (05:50 UTC) and lofted its large satellite payload into geostationary transfer orbit. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has a successful second launch of its Block 5 rocket," 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of loft


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for loft


Middle English, from Old English, air, sky, from Old Norse lopt; akin to Old High German luft air

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English Language Learners Definition of loft

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a room or space that is just below the roof of a building and that is often used to store things
: a high section of seats in a church or hall
: an upper floor of a warehouse or business building especially when it is not divided by walls



English Language Learners Definition of loft (Entry 2 of 2)

: to hit or throw (something, such as a ball) so that it rises high in the air


\ ˈlȯft How to pronounce loft (audio) \

Kids Definition of loft

1 : an upper room or upper story of a building
2 : a balcony in a church
3 : an upper part of a barn

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